Have you ever had one of those days, or weeks for that matter, that nothing seems to go right? As hard as you try to get yourself out of the mire, you can’t quite seem to shake it. Then you look at your calendar and suddenly realize that you have a date scheduled with one of your friends. All of a sudden the mood starts to shift. Finally, when you get in their presence and the evening begins the troubles of the week start to melt away.
There are people in our lives that just have that magical touch. Seeing or talking to them makes it all better. It is in those moments that you are reminded that you have made the true connection of friendship. Those are the friendships that nurture the soul, reenergize us and help make our lives complete.
Steady and lasting friendships require mutual respect and commitment. While there are some friendships that naturally need more effort than others, the best friendships are those where the effort is balanced on both sides. You may not talk to a friend for a month or two, yet when you connect it is as if you were talking daily. Other friendships may require mutual daily connections. Where the problem arises is when the connection requirement is so lopsided that the friendship becomes more work than benefit. It is at those points that we have to make changes, reevaluate or potentially start “weeding the garden.”
Friendships are an important part of our every day lives. Having that social circle for support in times of need is critical. Having individuals to celebrate each other’s successes is equally important. When we can count on each other to ride the highs and the lows of the friendship, it is then that we know that we have formed a bond that will hopefully last a lifetime.
If you have friends that may be feeling a little neglected, make a point to reach out to them this week. Friends are one of the most important assets in our lives and are to be protected as any other valuable that you have. When properly nurtured and cared for, the power of true friendship is one of the most beautiful gifts that life bestows us.
Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles.